Deirdre Heney was first elected a Councillor in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014. She ran in the General Election in 2015 and in 2002. She is a Solicitor. She was called to the Bar in 2008 and practiced as a Barrister for six years. She was previously employed by Fianna Fáil as a Legislative Drafter and prior to that, as Parliamentary Assistant. She began her career working for Aer Lingus and Aer Rianta.